Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ask your Local Access TV station to Air Interview with CMV Doctor, Mom, and Singer/Songwriter!

Debra Lynn Alt, Lisa Saunders and Dr. Gail Demmler-Harrison discuss preventing congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV), the leading viral cause of birth defects, on SEC-TV  on September 5, 2018.  Photograph by Neil Harrison. 

Want your community to watch a TV interview about congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) found at:

Everyone in the U.S. has a Local Access TV station. Their purpose is to air shows that serve the community. Find the local access station for your town/state by googling it or click on this link because it may be found on this list:

Contact your station by calling them first so they can tell you what they need (like proof you live in their viewing area). They may be able to get all the information they need through an email that goes something like the following:

Dear Local Access Station:

I live and/or work in the region serviced by your community access TV station and would like you to air a 30-minute talk show about congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV), the leading viral cause of birth defects. It can be prevented if women are educated about CMV. You can learn more about congenital CMV at the Centers for Disease Control Prevention at:

The talk show guests include: 

  1. Gail Demmler-Harrison, MD, Director of Congenital CMV Disease Research, Clinic and Registry; Professor, Pediatrics, Section Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine; Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases Service, Texas Children's Hospital, (832) 824-4387, Email: Visit:
  2. Lisa Saunders, host of the show and mother of a child born disabled by congenial CMV: Email:, Visit:
  3. Debra Lynn Alt, singer/songwriter, performs her song about CMV, "Had I Known (about CMV)";;

To retrieve the 30-minute TV interview about CMV, please click into this Dropbox link

There, you will find three files.
  1. The one with "YouTube" can be uploaded to any web site that takes videos, YouTube, FB, etc.
  2. The one with "MPEG2 LF" can be played "as is" by many Community Access TV stations.
  3. The one with "ProRes LF" is the very large data original file and can be converted to any other playback type.

My address (or work address) is: (your address)

The show was filmed at Southeastern Connecticut Television (SEC-TV) Studios.
SEC-TV: Community Television for Groton, Ledyard, Mystic, Stonington, North Stonington, and Voluntown, Connecticut. Address: SEC-TV, 80 Plaza Court, Groton, CT 06340
Studio Phone: 860-449-1477Email:, Visit:

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